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silverlining.jpgA bad couple of weeks for business? Depends which businesses you’re talking about.Certainly there’s been no escaping, nor denying, what’s been of the most turbulent periods of modern economic history.Yet, strangely, as if almost oblivious to the doom echoing around them, it’s been a fabulous two weeks for tech and web companies.It’d be naive to pretend the current downturn, let alone full blown recession, won’t have at least partly stifled investors’ appetites for traditionally high-risk tech start-ups, but it certainly still feels like a seriously exciting time for tech companies.Last week I wrote about Seedcamp, which has proved a phenomenal success and benefited many other UK companies than those directly involved in the programme. Web 2.0 blog Techcrunch UK held a party for the final night with the cream of web, tech entrepreneurs, peeps and investors flocking for a piece of the action.Alongside it, digital media community Chinwag has kicked-off its Digital Mission in association with UK Trade & Investment, which has seen 25 carefully selected UK tech companies fly over to the US for a series of meetings, networking events and seminars.And last night, London hosted Twestival, a one night celebration of social networking and micro-blogging site Twitter, pulling another impressive crowd.Next month the Future of Web Apps conference returns to London with some superb speakers and, I’m sure, another chance to mix with not just the UK’s, but Europe’s, bourgeoning web and tech scene.I use the words ‘scene’ and London with equal measures of pride and concern, because I know some of you will too. There’s no point pretending London, well the SE, isn’t the most important place for web businesses – and that’s coming from a fiercely proud Brummie.However, in a broader context that’s not a bad thing. Techcrunch editor Mike Butcher talked this week about how in the US, Silicon Valley is a place and everywhere else it’s a ‘state of mind’ and he’s right. He was actually talking about the need for a European hub of activity, but I’m concerned the rest of the UK doesn’t feel isolated from London’s scene and feels happy to join in, because it's essential for everyone that they do.They certainly shouldn't feel put off because, from my experience, it’s completely inclusive. Here’s Techcrunch’s list of similar events coming up over the next couple of months (and they're not all in London!).It might be a bad time for ‘business’ but not necessarily ‘businesses’ – we’ve got a great thing going on here, let’s embrace it.Image: Flickr
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